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Wisconsin History Essays

Learn something new about the past and gain a deeper understanding of your world. Hundreds of essays tell the stories of the people, places and events that are Wisconsin history.

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Learn about the election that was so close that Wisconsin briefly had two governors until one was exposed for tampering with ballots.

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The Origins of Thanksgiving

Examining the historical evidence documenting the first Thanksgiving.

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Petersylvania, Wisconsin

Read the amazing story of a man who watched his potential 10,000-square-mile northern Wisconsin empire disappear into thin air.

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The Budget Deficit of 1921

Read about Gov. John J. Blaine's plan to deal with the Budget Deficit of 1921.

Discover the role the Wisconsin played in women being allowed to practice law in The Supreme Court.

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Ezra Pound's Wisconsin Roots

Discover literary giant Ezra Pound's connection to the frontier wilds of Wisconsin.

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Milwaukee's Maverick Aviator

Milwaukee's William Mitchell went from a court-martial for insubordination to being widely understood to be the father of the modern U.S. Air Force.

Learn about the various visits Presidents have made to Wisconsin's Capitol city!

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Labor Day in Wisconsin

Explore the history of Labor Day celebrations in Wisconsin

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Madison's Castle

In the late 1800s there was a castle on the shore of Lake Mendota OTHER than the Red Gym. This is that castle's mysterious story.
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